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It's easy to see why many observers believe Mike Zimmer was one of the best NFL coaching hires in recent years.
JOTTINGS• Vikings running back Adrian Peterson on if this year is feeling different from past seasons: "It does, and you know even more than just…
The Twins manager wants Ervin Santana, Phil Hughes and Ricky Nolasco to lead the way for the 12-win ballclub.
The Vikings kicker talked one last time about his costly playoff boot, but says he won't dwell on it.
Kyle Rudolph is not only healthy, but he has a chance to have an even more productive season as the Vikings named former Browns and Eagles head coach Pat Shurmur their new tight ends coach.
JOTTINGS • Longtime Twins executive Jerry Bell will have a baseball field named after him near his home in North St. Paul to be…
After this season 17 Vikings will become unrestricted free agents, plus the team must decide whether Adrian Peterson is worth keeping for $18 million in 2017.
Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, offered $50 million for the franchise — more than the approximately $36 million Carl Pohlad reportedly paid for the team in 1984.
The veteran defensive end sees the team as focused as he can remember.
JOTTINGS • Pro Football Focus recently released its top 101 players for the 2015 NFL season, and four Vikings made the list. Anthony Barr…
The U baseball coach worked with Mark Coyle during his previous stint in the athletic department.
The Gophers would have done well keeping her in that role, but Mark Coyle seems an ideal hire.
The star Wild forward, who missed the playoffs with injury, said coaches can be big factors for NHL teams but players have no influence on who the front office picks.
JOTTINGS • With the Vikings exercising their fifth-year options on Xavier Rhodes and Sharrif Floyd for the 2017 season, the following players…
So far in the workouts, Alex Boone has done nothing but impress the coaches and his teammates, which is contrary to past free agents who failed to make a good impression in their first year here.
There's no doubt that if the Twins want any shot at climbing back into the AL Central or wild-card race, they're going to need Brian Dozier to continue hitting the way he has the past two weeks.
The only reason the Wolves were able to land a coach of Tom Thibodeau's caliber was because of this particular moment in franchise history, and he said as much.
JOTTINGS • The Chicago Tribune headline on Wednesday read: “Relaxed and personable, Tom Thibodeau ready for Timberwolves challenge.” The Tribune wrote about the dynamic between Thibodeau…
The Vikings have fared well in the draft with Rick Spielman involved in the decisionmaking.
It's hard to predict which offensive tackle the Vikings might take, but they could trade up for one or see if one falls to them at No. 23.
The center had two back surgeries over the past eight months, but he believes that while his rehabilitation was difficult, it could be a benefit heading into next season.
JOTTINGS• Karl-Anthony Towns had fantastic statistics this season, but you could imagine how much better the Timberwolves will be next year if Nikola…
Early Wolves rosters contained several players who went on to lead teams in the NBA.
The successful ex-Bulls coach got his start with the expansion Wolves and likes team's young talent.
Following Saturday's game, Twins manager Paul Molitor said the team's approach was just what he wanted to see.
JOTTINGS• Three Gophers football players were reported to be among the 30 or so potential Vikings draft choices trying out at Winter Park this week:…
Glen Taylor is risking being very wrong in separating young Timberwolves players and former coach Sam Mitchell.
While the team has struggled in nearly every area, general manager Terry Ryan steered blame away from the defense and pitching and looked more at the offense.
Joe Mauer, who turns 33 on April 19, is the second oldest player on the Twins roster, about four months younger than Ervin Santana.
JOTTINGS • I wrote last month that the University of Minnesota should consider hiring Bob Stein as athletic director. Well, the 68-year-old Minneapolis attorney, who…
Making it harder to recruit out-of-state athletes could discourage potential candidates.
One of the biggest questions for the Twins is how Korean slugger Byung Ho Park will adjust to the major leagues. But he's not your average rookie.
JOTTINGS • Glen Taylor reports Timberwolves interim coach Sam Mitchell, General Manager Milt Newton and all the assistants have one-year contracts that expire…
The assistant hopes Sam Mitchell and staff can continue to help the young players develop.
The Twins' young center fielder started slowly at every level before his bat came around.
The team appears to be mostly done shopping, and Rick Spielman is pleased with the players that have landed here.
JOTTINGS• Vikings trainer Eric Sugarman said center John Sullivan doesn't miss a day of rehabilitation, so he can be ready to play…
Despite Cordarrelle Patterson's poor performance as a receiver, Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer said recently that there is no chance the team will get rid of him.
The two teams played seven games between 1948 and '52, and one reason the games were so huge is that the NBA was still a segregated league.
"I'm hopeful we'll have a chance for the championship again, just like we did during those earlier years," Wolves owner Glen Taylor said.
JOTTINGS • CBS Sports reported last week that with the Vikings signing Andre Smith and Alex Boone, they now have the most expensive offensive line…
Teddy Bridgewater became friends with the Wolves center at Louisville and predicted his NBA rise.
Veteran NFL coach Tony Sparano, who worked with Mike Zimmer in Dallas, brings a passion for the O-line position.
Gophers football coach Tracy Claeys said new offensive coordinator Jay Johnson will try to install the basics of his system during spring drills.
SID'S JOTTINGS • If you were going to rate the best players who were ever released by the Twins in franchise history, no doubt the…
Between Pat Shurmur, offensive coordinator Norv Turner and offensive line coach Tony Sparano, the Vikings now have more than 20 years of NFL head coaching experience working under Mike Zimmer.
It's not going to be easy to hire an athletic director who currently has a solid job, considering the issues the university had in hiring a football coach and the previous athletic director.
There is no bigger story line in Twins spring training camp than the health and readiness of Joe Mauer.
SID’s JOTTINGS • In the Timberwolves’ 104-98 loss to Washington on Wednesday, former DeLaSalle standout Alan Anderson was tremendous, scoring 18 points…
Maybe the athletic department and teams wouldn't generate as many investigations as they have recently if Jerry Kill was on the staff.
Karl-Anthony Towns is the most dominant rookie to hit the NBA since Anthony Davis four years ago.
SID’s JOTTINGS • TCF Bank Stadium was a big revenue producer for the Gophers athletic department last year. For the second year…
Fans can expect cutting-edge scoreboards and wireless Internet from any seat at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Brad Stevens worked with Beth Goetz at Butler and thinks she would make a fabulous AD for the Gophers.
The Wolves have shown improvement over the past few weeks under Sam Mitchell, going into the All-Star break at 17-37.
SID’s JOTTINGS • Rumors are that ex-Vikings owner Red McCombs would like to purchase the Oakland Raiders and then move the team to…
At 33, the linebacker still performs at a high level and the young defense values his leadership.
A search firm will identify more candidates, but interim A.D. Beth Goetz could very well retain the post.
All of Rick Spielman's 11 first-round picks have gotten to start in some capacity during their rookie seasons.
SID's JOTTINGS• Sam Mitchell was asked how the Timberwolves on Monday can lose to New Orleans, a team in last place in their division,…
The Gophers QB hopes to get three weeks of spring practice in following left foot surgery last month.
The Timberwolves' fine young nucleus needs continuity, so owner Glen Taylor should hold onto Sam Mitchell and GM Milt Newton.
With this being Super Bowl 50 and seeing all of the enormous coverage and celebrations surrounding it, it serves as a stark contrast to Super Bowl I, then called the AFL-NFL Championship Game.
SID's JOTTINGS• Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman talked about Terrell Sinkfield, the 25-year-old receiver from Northern Iowa and Hopkins High School who was…
The Hall of Famer and retired Minnesota Supreme Court justice says the greatness of those Vikings teams isn't diminished by their four Super Bowl losses.
Football and baseball will share Drew Hmielewski, a talented receiver and outfielder from Marshall.
When asked if he ever considers retiring a mistake, Hunter brought up former Vikings quarterback Brett Favre.
Optimism reigns after the team made great strides last year and young stars emerged.
Once almost a Duck, the former East Ridge star headed for the U learned a lot playing in Texas.
Minnesotan Tom Moore has a chance to earn a trip to his fourth Super Bowl on Sunday, when his Arizona Cardinals squad visits the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Championship.
SID’s JOTTINGS • With the announcement that Rod Carew is going to be at TwinsFest, Twins President Dave St. Peter gave an update on…
The golf event this fall at Hazeltine National will draw viewers in Super Bowl-like numbers.
Despite staff changes and a few lost recruits, the football coach is pleased with the incoming talent.
While the season ended with one of their most difficult playoff losses coach Mike Zimmer believes that the Vikings are only going to improve going forward.
SID’s JOTTINGS • The presence of Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino might have had something to do with the competitive game…
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